September 23, 2013 |
Feel the love, Vin, please feel the love. Know how some people just can't take a compliment? They get all embarrassed and bashful, turn their head away like they're trying to hide? That's Vin Scully. It's absolutely incredible, but that is him. Scully is going to hate this post. It might even flare up his lovely Irish dander, though I admit in the over 30 years I've had the great pleasure to know him, I've never once seen that come close to happening. Probably like you, I think of Vin as a friend.
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September 19, 2013 |
SACRAMENTO - The state campaign watchdog agency acted Thursday to require political campaigns to report when they pay people to post favorable or unfavorable content on blogs, Twitter, Facebook, YouTube and other social media sites. The state Fair Political Practices Commission acted out of concern that the public might be deceived into thinking paid content on blogs that praises or criticizes a candidate is objective political commentary. "The public is entitled to know who is paying for campaigns and campaign opinions, so the weight to be given to the views can be evaluated by voters," said Commission Chairwoman Ann Ravel.
August 14, 2013 |
Auction house appraisers have been summoned to Detroit, which is seeking bankruptcy protection, for the gruesome purpose of assessing the market value of the sprawling city-owned art collection at the Detroit Institute of Arts. The museum could sell paintings and sculptures to help pay civic debts. Although emergency manager Kevyn Orr has said no such plan has been decided yet, a Detroit metropolitan county on Tuesday threatened to stop distributing property tax revenue to the museum if any of the collection is sold.
August 7, 2013 |
Danielle Steel has written 130 books and is by all accounts a success, but she still deals with condescension from men at dinner parties. The 65-year-old Steel took to her blog to write a post, "Are you still a Brain Surgeon?" where she details her experiences with men who belittle her writing career, and those of her female entrepreneur friend. According to Steel, the situation happens this way: She will run into a man that she hasn't seen for awhile. He will immediately ask, "So, are you still writing?"
July 31, 2013 |
BEIJING - - A prominent Chinese rock singer's acerbic taunts about bombing government offices following a real airport bombing in Beijing this month have led police to detain her on terrorism charges, although she could be free within 10 days. Rock singer Wu Hongfei, the 38-year-old lead singer of the group Happy Avenue and a frequent government critic, was taken into custody more than a week ago, after she took to her microblog in the hours following a July 20 explosion at the capital airport, caustically saying she'd like to set off an explosion at Beijing's local housing commission office.
July 19, 2013 |
"Web Therapy" (Showtime, Tuesdays). Lisa Kudrow's Skype-framed talking-heads comedy, which began on the Web in 2008, embarks upon its third Showtime season this week. Created by Kudrow -- who plays online therapist Fiona Wallice, a character as far from Phoebe Buffay as might be imagined -- with Don Roos, who directs, and Dan Bucatinsky, who plays Fiona's assistant, it's a testament to what can be made from a low-overhead idea in able hands. There is a coherent ongoing narrative (crafted by the three creators, and improvised upon by the actors)
June 19, 2013 |
Federal Reserve Chairman Ben S. Bernanke outlines what he expects for U.S. growth in the coming year as the central bank releases its policy statement. He'll also face TV cameras and reporters during a quarterly news conference. Reporters, editors and other analysts will live blog what policymakers say -- and what they don't say. We'll also follow the stock market's gyrations and other reactions. The main question for today: Will Bernanke be able to reassure the world that the central bank has a plan for scaling back its unprecedented efforts to boost the economic recovery.
June 12, 2013 |
Apple this week unveiled the first major design overhaul for the iPhone operating system, and many were not impressed with the new look. Despite being led by Jony Ive, who has been Apple's hardware design chief since the 1990s, the new look found in iOS 7 has been criticized by many in the design community, and now a new Tumblr blog that pokes fun at the overhaul has hit the Web. Jony Ive Redesigns Things , the Tumblr blog, posts mockups made...
June 11, 2013 |
WAIPAHU, Hawaii - They don't make power couples like this very often: He is a self-proclaimed whistle-blower, the focus of international headlines and Obama administration ire. She apparently describes herself as a "world-traveling, pole-dancing super hero. " Edward Snowden and Lindsay Mills lived in a modest blue clapboard house with white trim here in a Honolulu suburb until about six weeks ago. Their former neighbors described them as quiet and private. Until they weren't any more.
June 7, 2013 |
The San Francisco Chronicle launched a book blog this week, Bookmarks . To welcome Bookmarks to the literary blogosphere, we emailed books editor John McMurtrie, who told us all about the blog -- or blogue, or blague, depending. JC: Did the Chronicle blog about books before? JM: No, there were no previous book blogs. But I'd like to think someone in the 19th century was compiling a blogue. The word blog, for me, still calls to mind “ blague ,” meaning joke in French.